Singer, songwriter, guitarist, TOM HIATT, can truly be called a “Son of the West” because at one time or another, Arizona, Texas, California, Alaska, and Kansas have all been called “Home.” The magnificent landscapes and the people who settled them fill the stories in the ballads Tom writes and sings: tales of cowboys, outlaws, lawmen, pioneers, wild broncs, and more.
Tom’s warm, emotion filled voice has enthralled people from Montana to Arizona, from the Pacific to the Atlantic, and all areas in between. He has appeared with other popular cowboy singers and poets such as Ian Tyson, Chris LeDoux, Waddie Mitchell, The Sons of the San Joaquin, Sourdough Slim, and Don Edwards, at many cowboy poetry and music festivals throughout the country. Some of his other engagements have included TV and radio programs, rodeos, schools, universities, museums, and guest ranches. He has been interviewed on the NBC Nightly News and has also sung the National Anthem at a Major League Baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Texas Rangers. More noteworthy appearances include, the Autry National Center, the Carson City Rendezvous, the Tombstone Western Music Festival, the Lone Pine Museum of Western Film History, and the Western Music Association’s Showcase and Awards Show. Tom, along with his band “The Sundown Riders,” performed for over 18 years at “Rawhide,” Arizona’s popular 1880’s western theme park.
Tom’s first CD, “Cowboy Classics,” features some of the greatest cowboy songs of all time with accompaniment by The Sundown Riders. “Rugs, Wranglers and Rodeos,” his second CD, consists of songs featuring arrangements utilizing some of Phoenix, Arizona’s, best studio musicians. The latter was produced by Grammy award winner, Billy Williams, producer of pop singer, Lyle Lovett. “The Silver Screen Cowboy Project,” a compilation CD that includes some of the most popular acts in western music today, such as Dave Stamey, Bill Barwick, and Curley Musgrave and Belinda Gail, features Tom singing his original tune “Rough Ridin’ Cowboy Heroes” for the opening song. It was the #3 “most DJ played western song of the year for 2009. Tom’s latest CD, “Appaloosa Moon”, was already ranked #1 on the Western Music Association‘s album charts upon its release in October of 2009. Some of the west coast’s finest musicians join Tom on the project.
He has been voted one of the “Top 10” acts in western music, and has been nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Male Performer of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year by the WMA.
Tom’s show repertoire includes traditional and contemporary western classics that are always a “hit” with audiences from all walks of life. They enjoy most Tom’s original ballads that have been inspired by his own cowboying experiences, as well as those of other cowboys he has been proud to call his friends through the years. Time spent listening to Cowboy Balladeer Tom Hiatt is guaranteed to bring a smile to the face and warmth to the soul of anyone who loves the great American West. So, in the words of one of Tom’s songs.....
Grab your hat and saddle your horse
Let the show begin
Let’s put those “Rough Ridin’ Cowboy Heroes”
Back in the saddle again!